Abstract Title

Applying Augmented Reality Technology To Improve Lunar Extravehicular Activity Operations

Is this project an undergraduate, graduate, or faculty project?

Graduate

group

What campus are you from?

Daytona Beach

Authors' Class Standing

Michael J. Fornito II, Graduate Student Nicholas Lopac, Alumni Graydon Russell, Junior Lea S. Miller, Alumni Riley Flanagan, Alumni

Lead Presenter's Name

Michael J. Fornito II

Faculty Mentor Name

Erik L. Seedhouse

Abstract

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Spacesuit Utilization of Innovative Technology Laboratory (ERAU S.U.I.T. Lab) has developed an augmented reality (AR) heads up display, Augmented Lunar Exploration and Extravehicular Interface (ALEXEI), for lunar astronauts as part of the 2021 NASA SUITS challenge. The challenge encourages students to explore and develop potential interfaces to aid astronauts as NASA’s Artemis Program prepares for the return to the lunar surface. The system runs on the Magic Leap One AR headset, and uses a tactile controller combined with head tracking for the primary form of input. ALEXEI organizes EVA information into two screens located on the periphery of the user and separates the EVA core features into separate applications that satisfy the challenge’s requirements. These applications include Vitals, Tasks, Navigation, Science, Settings, and Media. The ALEXEI system underwent limited human in the loop testing at ERAU and was accepted to be tested at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. EVA experts demoed, evaluated, and provided positive feedback of the overall system. Standout features included the multiple navigational aids, user customization, and tactile control input system. To sum-up ALEXEI’s core design has been approved as an exceptional proof of concept to help improve situational awareness for future EVAs.

Did this research project receive funding support from the Office of Undergraduate Research.

No

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Applying Augmented Reality Technology To Improve Lunar Extravehicular Activity Operations

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Spacesuit Utilization of Innovative Technology Laboratory (ERAU S.U.I.T. Lab) has developed an augmented reality (AR) heads up display, Augmented Lunar Exploration and Extravehicular Interface (ALEXEI), for lunar astronauts as part of the 2021 NASA SUITS challenge. The challenge encourages students to explore and develop potential interfaces to aid astronauts as NASA’s Artemis Program prepares for the return to the lunar surface. The system runs on the Magic Leap One AR headset, and uses a tactile controller combined with head tracking for the primary form of input. ALEXEI organizes EVA information into two screens located on the periphery of the user and separates the EVA core features into separate applications that satisfy the challenge’s requirements. These applications include Vitals, Tasks, Navigation, Science, Settings, and Media. The ALEXEI system underwent limited human in the loop testing at ERAU and was accepted to be tested at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. EVA experts demoed, evaluated, and provided positive feedback of the overall system. Standout features included the multiple navigational aids, user customization, and tactile control input system. To sum-up ALEXEI’s core design has been approved as an exceptional proof of concept to help improve situational awareness for future EVAs.